Middle East

Iran calls for a political solution to wars in Yemen, Syria

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, arrives to a meeting with representatives of  Palestinian groups in Lebanon, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Zarif called for a political solution to the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, saying that the continuation of violence will only lead to more bloodshed and no one will win the war. Iran is a strong backer of Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis and also Syrian President Bashar Assad. Saudi Arabia -- Iran’s main regional rival -- backs the Yemeni government fighting the Houthis and insurgents trying to remove Assad from power. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, arrives to a meeting with representatives of Palestinian groups in Lebanon, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Zarif called for a political solution to the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, saying that the continuation of violence will only lead to more bloodshed and no one will win the war. Iran is a strong backer of Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis and also Syrian President Bashar Assad. Saudi Arabia -- Iran’s main regional rival -- backs the Yemeni government fighting the Houthis and insurgents trying to remove Assad from power. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaks during a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Gibran Bassil, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Zarif is in Beirut for two visit to congratulate newly elected president Michel Aoun and to meet with other Lebanese officials. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaks during a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Gibran Bassil, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Zarif is in Beirut for two visit to congratulate newly elected president Michel Aoun and to meet with other Lebanese officials. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the Hezbollah media department, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, center right, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center left, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Zarif called for a political solution to the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, saying that the continuation of violence will only lead to more bloodshed and no one will win the war. Iran is a strong backer of Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis and also Syrian President Bashar Assad. Saudi Arabia -- Iran’s main regional rival -- backs the Yemeni government fighting the Houthis and insurgents trying to remove Assad from power. (AP Photo/Hezbollah Media Department)

    In this photo released by the Hezbollah media department, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, center right, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center left, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Zarif called for a political solution to the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, saying that the continuation of violence will only lead to more bloodshed and no one will win the war. Iran is a strong backer of Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis and also Syrian President Bashar Assad. Saudi Arabia -- Iran’s main regional rival -- backs the Yemeni government fighting the Houthis and insurgents trying to remove Assad from power. (AP Photo/Hezbollah Media Department)  (The Associated Press)

Iran's top diplomat is calling for a political solution to the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, saying that the continuation of violence will only lead to more bloodshed and no one will win the war.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says regional powers should help the Yemenis and the Syrians to reach an immediate cease-fire that would be followed by the start of a dialogue to end the catastrophes underway in both countries.

Zarif spoke on Tuesday, the second day of his visit to Lebanon.

Iran is a strong backer of Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis and also Syrian President Bashar Assad. Saudi Arabia — Iran's main regional rival — backs the Yemeni government fighting the Houthis and insurgents trying to remove Assad from power.